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Thinner Rails Model with the Finder Pattern

Created at: Mar/20/2017 jacopo beschi

Hello everybody, today I want to share with you a pattern learned from gitlab: the finder pattern.

Most of the time when you want to find an item based on a set of different conditions you do something like this:

class Project
    def issues_for_user_filtered_by(user, filter)
        # A lot of logic not related to project model itself

By doing that you end up having a lot of methods that does not really belong to the Model logic. A better solution is through the finder pattern:

issues = IssuesFinder.new(project, user, filter).execute

What the finder does is to accept a set of parameters and return an ActiveRecord::Associations::CollectionProxy that you can use for further filtering/mapping operations.

You can find a complete example of a finder following this link

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JSON API error handling with ruby

Created at: Mar/29/2016 jacopo beschi

Hello folks, after being inactive for a while I am finally back!
This post is about a technique that I found useful for general error handling with REST API and ruby on rails, but the concept works for any programming language/framework. Most of the time programmers handles api errors without a general pattern, that's bad because it's obvious that is more error prone, by using a general pattern you can also do some interestic automatic operations such as error logging and messaging to a monitoring service.

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Solve problems gracefully with dynamic method generation in ruby

Created at: Aug/20/2015 jacopo beschi

Days ago i was writing an Rspec macro to gracefully handle authenticated api via a token. At the start i begun creating a couple of methods, each for every Rest verb: module RequestMacros def get_authorized(uri, user) get uri, nil, {'X-Api-Token' => user.api_token} end

  def post_authorized(uri, data, user, headers = {})
    post uri, data, headers.merge({'X-Api-Token' => user.api_token})
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Ruby: Dynamically create callbacks with metaprogramming

Created at: Jun/12/2015 jacopo beschi

Hello guys, in this post I'll explain you how you can handle callbacks with metaprogramming on ruby on rails. But before going deeper into detail you should ask me the reason of that: why shall you use callbacks instead of using general oop techniques? For example in a classic oop design given that you have:

Class X
   def method_x(*args)
      #do something
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Devise remote authentication with rails 4.2

Created at: Apr/08/2015 jacopo beschi

Hello guys, I've been trying to make remote authentication working with devise and i found this useful post: devise remote authentication. The problem is that the post example wasn't working correctly with new devise versions (3.4.x); In this post I'll explain you the changes that you need to do to make it work with devise 3.4.

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